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“THE BRIGHTEST VOID”

earMUSIC – 0211072EMU – Digipack
NEMS – NEMS 481 – Digipack
Avalon – MICP11306 – Jewelcase (Japanese Edition)

“THE BRIGHTEST VOID” (LP)

earMUSIC – 0208797ERE – Vinyl
earMUSIC – Digital

Released on June 3rd, 2016
Lead & backing vocals: Tarja 1-9 | Michael Monroe  2 | Toni Turunen 3
Drums: Chad Smith 1,3 | Fernando Scarcella 2,7 | Mike Terrana 6 | Nicolas Polo 8
Electric guitars: Alex Scholpp 1-3 | Tim Palmer 1 | Julian Barrett 2,6,8 | Michael Monroe 2
Bass: Kevin Chown 1,2,3 | Doug Wimbish 4,7 | Julian Barrett 6 | Peter Barrett 6,8
Keyboards: Christian Kretschmar 4 | Torsten Stenzel 4 | Bart Hendrickson 5 | Guillermo de Medio 6,7,8 | Tim Palmer 1
Programming: Christian Kretschmar 1,2,3,4 | Torsten Stenzel 4 | Bart Hendrickson 5
Cello: Max Lilja 1,7
Percussion: Luis Conte 1,2,3,7
Piano: Tarja 4
Sax, whistle & harmonica: Michael Monroe 2
Backing vocals & screams: Julian Barrett 6
Violin: Mervi Myllyoja 7
All instruments and vocals: Within Temptation 9
Orchestral & Choir Arrangements Composer: Jim Dooley 8 | Bart Hendrickson 5 | Miguel Ricardo Borzi 4
Orchestral arrangement for multiple cello and violin: Max Lilja
Recording Engineers: Jetro Vainio, Mario Altamirano, Torsten Stenzel, Daniel Willy, Charlie Waymire at Estudio el Pie, Argentina | Stardust II, Antigua & Barbuda | Stardust, Finland | Magnifico Studios, USA |  V.R Studio, Finland | Ultimate Studios Inc, USA | La Nave de Oseberg, Argentina and several other locations in the world
Produced by Tarja & MIC
Additional Production & mixed by Tim Palmer ar ’62 Studios
Co-Produced by Alex Scholpp 1 | Michael Monroe 2 |
Bart Hendrickson 5
Drums and bass recordings co-produced by Kevin Chown 1,3
Original production by Robert Westerholt & Daniel Gibson 9
Mastering Engineer: Justin Shturtz at Sterling Sound
Executive A&R consultant earMUSIC & Tarja: Daniel Pieper
Executive Producers: Marcelo Cabuli & Tarja Turunen for NEMS Enterprises SRL
Photographs by Eugenio Mazzinghi
Digital Enhancement by Ricardo Pasin
Make up & hair: Maia Rohrer
Artwork by Büro Dirk Rudolph
Tarja’s clothes designed by Nordenfeldt & tailored by Sirja Tiilikainen

No Bitter End
Written by Alex Scholpp, Mattias Lindblom, Tarja Turunen, Daniel Pieper

There's a road for everyone
Cos every heart's the same
To forgive what you have done
A silent wish for change.

Desire is a flame alive
When dreams are far away
Open up your inner eye
Let hope save the day.

She will fall all over you
Like a rain, shine the new
And will make the path for you to take
Till the end, walk you through.

Time won't wait
Lead your fate
Never let go.

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end.

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

Suddenly, mysteriously
How brave worlds are born
They cut away the misery
For hearts to find home.

To be there with all you need
And nothing left to prove
Take a chance, oh, but never leave
Know it all starts with you.

Time won't wait
Lead your fate
Never let go.

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

There's a road for everyone
Cos every heart's the same
To forgive what you have done
A silent wish for change.

Blackout the sun
Hold on, don't run...

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end.

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

Your Heaven and Your Hell
Written by Michael Monroe, Julian Barrett, Tarja Turunen

Wanna stay in bed, got a heavy head,
a sledge-hammer in my skull
But I'm scared I'd wind up dead,
if life should get too dull
Well, maybe there ain't no divine plan
and things just happen 'cause they can
Just don't paint devils on the wall
ain't nothing cool about death at all

Love and light are heaven-sent
We really ain't all that helbent
On darkness as our style
We'd rather make you smile
Killing then with kindness all the while

Why on earth d'you wanna blame god
When things don't go your way?
It's just the evil that men do down here everyday
Take responsibility for you actions and you liberty
Can't neglect cause and effect with your apathy
The second coming came and went
Third time lucky, heaven sent
It ain't no shuck "n" jive
You control your life
You don't need the trouble or the strife

If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
Sin is only man's invention
It ain't no divine intervention
You make you own heaven and you hell
If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
You don't get saved by the bell
If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
Sin is only man's invention
It ain't no divine intervention
You make your own heaven and your hell
And your hell
Your hell

Eagle Eye
Written by Pauli Rantasalmi, Tarja Turunen

I've been to the end of earth,
And waters, end of sky.
I've circled the mountains,
The forests across the nights.

Over the land that I have seen,
Where the wind swept my heart clean.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

Love like a dancing fire,
Untainted, blazing high.
The power to dwell as one,
Unchained, will not die.

When you have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

Over the land that we have seen,
Where the wind swept our hearts clean.
When we have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

Eagle eye...

Over the land that we have seen,
Where the wind swept our hearts clean.
When we have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

An Empty Dream
Written by Miguel Ricardo Bozi, Mariano Cattaneo, Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Trough time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

"I'm another mess
When I alive
How long will I turns?"

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Witch-Hunt
Written by Tarja Turunen

You seek to blame, condemn the name
Bewitch the masses with your own veil
Without remorse you chase the ones
trespassing lines you don't understand

I am the door to the unknown
I hear the whispering souls around
My eyes can see your fear of me
I am not wondering why you're here

No more pain
Wrong again and again
Pride will fall like sounds of misery
In the hymns that have been heard
Still today as before
Write your sins to her core

My gruesome fate
Axe, rope, or flame
Put me to death
I'll be born again

No more pain
Wronged again and again
Pride will fall like sounds of misery
In the hymns that have been heard
Still today as before
Write your sins to her core

Shameless
Written by Julian Barrett, Tarja Turunen

I wish to think that is just my imagination
I hear you filthy tale day and night
All heads together shepherded to desperation
Are we accepting this without a fight?

You well know how much your words deceive
You well know how much you need us to believe

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies

You get away with stealing through your dedication
Poker face towards the sleeping crowds
And after killing thee there is a huge temptation
The art of mastering the abuse of crown

You well know how much your words deceive
You well know how much you need us to believe

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair

All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies
Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
Your lies!

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies
Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
Your lies!

House of Wax
Written by Paul McCartney

Lightning hits the house of wax
Poets spill out on the street
To set a light the incomplete
Remainders of the future

Hidden in the yard. Hidden in the yard.

Thunder drowns the trumpets blast
Poets scatter through the night
But they can only dream of flight
Away from their confusion

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay
The answer to it all

Lightning hits the house of wax
Women scream and run around
To dance upon the battleground
Like wild demented horses

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay
The answer to it all

Goldfinger
Written by John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Goldfinger
He's the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death from

Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death from

Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold

He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold
He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold

Paradise (What About Us?)
Written by Sharon Den Adel, Martijn Spierenburg, Robert Westerholt

There's no sense, the fire burns
When wisdom fails, it changes all
The wheel embodies all that keeps on turning

Blood red skies, I feel so cold
No innocence, we play our roll
The wheel embodies all
Where are we going?

All in all
You expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace and
All and all I guess we should have known better
'Cause

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
Though it's not paradise

You and us, or I and them
There comes a time to take a stand
The wheel is watching all it keeps on burning

The venom works, it's like a curse
A trojan horse, when will we learn?
The wheel embodies all that keeps returning

All in all
You expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace and
All and all I guess we should have known better
'Cause

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
Though it's not paradise

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
But it's not paradise

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

"Into the Sun"

Written by Steve van Velvet, Mattias Lindblom, Anders Wollbeck & Tarja Turunen

Dream against the flow
Let your garden grow
Over land and water
Feel your borders

Walking right into the sun
No fear of the ending
Find new beginning
Over another lonely star

Walking right into the sun

All my sweetest doors
Let them help you out
My emotion
Parted ocean

Walking right into the sun
Don't fear the ending
Find the beginning
Over another lonely star
Brighter than who you are
Walking right into the sun

No Bitter End
Written by Alex Scholpp, Mattias Lindblom, Tarja Turunen, Daniel Pieper

There's a road for everyone
Cos every heart's the same
To forgive what you have done
A silent wish for change.

Desire is a flame alive
When dreams are far away
Open up your inner eye
Let hope save the day.

She will fall all over you
Like a rain, shine the new
And will make the path for you to take
Till the end, walk you through.

Time won't wait
Lead your fate
Never let go.

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end.

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

Suddenly, mysteriously
How brave worlds are born
They cut away the misery
For hearts to find home.

To be there with all you need
And nothing left to prove
Take a chance, oh, but never leave
Know it all starts with you.

Time won't wait
Lead your fate
Never let go.

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

There's a road for everyone
Cos every heart's the same
To forgive what you have done
A silent wish for change.

Blackout the sun
Hold on, don't run...

Blackout the sun
Light no where
Tell me you don't need it anymore
No bitter end.

Hold on, don't run
Forever stay yourself
The one that you defend
No bitter end.

Your Heaven and Your Hell
Written by Michael Monroe, Julian Barrett, Tarja Turunen

Wanna stay in bed, got a heavy head,
a sledge-hammer in my skull
But I'm scared I'd wind up dead,
if life should get too dull
Well, maybe there ain't no divine plan
and things just happen 'cause they can
Just don't paint devils on the wall
ain't nothing cool about death at all

Love and light are heaven-sent
We really ain't all that helbent
On darkness as our style
We'd rather make you smile
Killing then with kindness all the while

Why on earth d'you wanna blame god
When things don't go your way?
It's just the evil that men do down here everyday
Take responsibility for you actions and you liberty
Can't neglect cause and effect with your apathy
The second coming came and went
Third time lucky, heaven sent
It ain't no shuck "n" jive
You control your life
You don't need the trouble or the strife

If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
Sin is only man's invention
It ain't no divine intervention
You make you own heaven and you hell
If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
You don't get saved by the bell
If there's a god we know him well
If there's a devil we can tell
There ain't no punishment in hell
Sin is only man's invention
It ain't no divine intervention
You make your own heaven and your hell
And your hell
Your hell

Eagle Eye
Written by Pauli Rantasalmi, Tarja Turunen

I've been to the end of earth,
And waters, end of sky.
I've circled the mountains,
The forests across the nights.

Over the land that I have seen,
Where the wind swept my heart clean.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

Love like a dancing fire,
Untainted, blazing high.
The power to dwell as one,
Unchained, will not die.

When you have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

Over the land that we have seen,
Where the wind swept our hearts clean.
When we have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

Eagle eye...

Over the land that we have seen,
Where the wind swept our hearts clean.
When we have burned so deep within,
Rest the ashes, then begin.

I found a way to feel alive,
Leaving behind your eagle eye.

An Empty Dream
Written by Miguel Ricardo Bozi, Mariano Cattaneo, Tarja Turunen

Your scent became again
Vanishing memory
Repeating lace of pain
Why this endless misery?
As our oblivion
This void will hunt you
Can't be forgiven
Our love, the tears for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Trough time I'm in control
Whispering cruelty
Today you have my soul
Who is who in this puppetry?
Lost our connection
Feelings I once knew
Crying for meaning
All alone, the death for two.

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

"I'm another mess
When I alive
How long will I turns?"

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever, ever!

Oh I wish to reach your heart
Life is just an empty dream
We will never be apart
Take me home forever.

Witch-Hunt
Written by Tarja Turunen

You seek to blame, condemn the name
Bewitch the masses with your own veil
Without remorse you chase the ones
trespassing lines you don't understand

I am the door to the unknown
I hear the whispering souls around
My eyes can see your fear of me
I am not wondering why you're here

No more pain
Wrong again and again
Pride will fall like sounds of misery
In the hymns that have been heard
Still today as before
Write your sins to her core

My gruesome fate
Axe, rope, or flame
Put me to death
I'll be born again

No more pain
Wronged again and again
Pride will fall like sounds of misery
In the hymns that have been heard
Still today as before
Write your sins to her core

Shameless
Written by Julian Barrett, Tarja Turunen

I wish to think that is just my imagination
I hear you filthy tale day and night
All heads together shepherded to desperation
Are we accepting this without a fight?

You well know how much your words deceive
You well know how much you need us to believe

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies

You get away with stealing through your dedication
Poker face towards the sleeping crowds
And after killing thee there is a huge temptation
The art of mastering the abuse of crown

You well know how much your words deceive
You well know how much you need us to believe

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair

All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies
Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
Your lies!

Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
The truth, your shameless lies
Take me there where our voices are heard
Take me anywhere that I won't feel despair
All your sins I have seen through my eyes
Your lies!

House of Wax
Written by Paul McCartney

Lightning hits the house of wax
Poets spill out on the street
To set a light the incomplete
Remainders of the future

Hidden in the yard. Hidden in the yard.

Thunder drowns the trumpets blast
Poets scatter through the night
But they can only dream of flight
Away from their confusion

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay
The answer to it all

Lightning hits the house of wax
Women scream and run around
To dance upon the battleground
Like wild demented horses

Hidden in the yard. Underneath the wall
Buried deep below a thousand layers lay
The answer to it all

Goldfinger
Written by John Barry, Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley

Goldfinger
He's the man, the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
Beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death from

Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death from

Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl beware of this heart of gold
This heart is cold

He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold
He loves only gold
Only gold
He loves gold

Paradise (What About Us?)
Written by Sharon Den Adel, Martijn Spierenburg, Robert Westerholt

There's no sense, the fire burns
When wisdom fails, it changes all
The wheel embodies all that keeps on turning

Blood red skies, I feel so cold
No innocence, we play our roll
The wheel embodies all
Where are we going?

All in all
You expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace and
All and all I guess we should have known better
'Cause

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
Though it's not paradise

You and us, or I and them
There comes a time to take a stand
The wheel is watching all it keeps on burning

The venom works, it's like a curse
A trojan horse, when will we learn?
The wheel embodies all that keeps returning

All in all
You expect the wise to be wiser
Fallen from grace and
All and all I guess we should have known better
'Cause

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
Though it's not paradise

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for

What about us
Isn't it enough?
No we're not in paradise
This is who we are
This is what we've got
No it's not our paradise
But it's all we want
And it's all that we're fighting for
But it's not paradise

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?

What about us
What about us
What about us
Isn't it enough?